This month, Methodist University will present “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” featuring an all-student cast. The musical will run from Feb. 16 to 18 at 8 nightly and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 19 Tickets are $10 for adults; $7 for military, seniors, and students; and free for MU ID holders.
Set in Stark, Fla., the musical follows Norbert Garstecki (Benjamin Crews), a toll collector and former high school football star who’s found himself stuck in a rut, and a trailer park. Norbert’s hum-drum life is further damped by the extreme agoraphobia that keeps his wife Jeannie (Sarah Crews) stuck inside the walls of their trailer home.
By chance, Norbert meets Pippi (Ashley Matthews), a woman on the run from her former boyfriend Duke (David Tucker), and they continue to meet until word reaches Pippi that Duke has found her.
Other characters include Betty (Mary Allen) who runs the leasing office; Lin (Amanda Allred), whose husband has found himself on death row; and Pickles (Emily Bledsoe), who’s often pregnant, or wants to be.
“I’ve described the show as a Greek tragedy set in northern Florida and written as a musical comedy,” said Dr. Evan Bridenstine, associate professor of theatre. “There are adult situations and language, so it’s not for young children.”